Carlos Antonio Piñón is an artist and writer examining how people interact with words and language. His main interests include nonfiction essays, artists' books, and databending sonification. Carlos holds a BFA with an Emphasis in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Nonfiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago.
As a bookbinder and glitch artist, Carlos has shown work at the Siragusa Gallery, the LeRoy Neiman Center, the Gene Siskel Film Center, the MacLean Center, the Page Gallery, the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries, Sullivan Galleries, the Zhou B Art Center, and Gallery 2501.
As an essayist and performer, Carlos has also performed live at the Rudy Lozano, Albany Park, and Back of the Yards Chicago Public Libraries, as well as Links Hall, Uncommon Ground (Edgewater), O'Shaughnessy's Public House, Room 13 at the Old Chicago Inn, the Jackson Junge Gallery, the Catherine Edelman Gallery, and the Steppenwolf Theatre. The storytelling shows he has participated in include You're Being Ridiculous, Is This a Thing?, Chicago for Chicagoans, Art Speaks, and Lecturas. He also briefly hosted a show on Free Radio SAIC.
Currently, Carlos teaches Writing & Rhetoric at Columbia College Chicago as a Graduate Student Instructor. Previously, he's held several positions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, including as teaching assistant and as digital asset assistant. Post-graduation, Carlos worked in a variety of different positions such as a canvasser, a tax professional, a janitorial assistant, and even as a bike delivery courier. Most recently, he had served as Web Content Coordinator at Blick Art Materials.